The World Bank says it has discontinued publication of its annual Doing Business report because of ethical concerns over the conduct of current and former members of staff involved in its preparation.
This follows an accusation against IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva that she directed efforts to artificially boost China's ranking in the Doing Business report.
The information is contained in a World Bank commissioned inquiry report.
The allegations pertain to the period when Ms Georgieva was chief executive of the World Bank and overseeing its efforts to raise new capital from stakeholders including China.
She has disagreed with the accusation.